Activities on tap

Chapel Ridge resident assistants Alex Wankel, at left, and Gillian Bell compete in a video dance-off during the facility’s Kick Off to Summer, “Viva Las Vegas” party Tuesday. The event is just one of several activities this summer that will include the 30th Anniversary Open House in August at Chapel Ridge’s parent facility, Bradford Ecumenical Home.

While there has been plenty of fun at the Chapel Ridge assisted living facility this week that included a Kick Off to Summer “Viva Las Vegas” party Tuesday, there is still plenty on tap this summer at the facility’s parent organization, the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Maryrose Carpenter, director of community relations for Bradford Ecumenical, said the organization has been busy planning its 30th Anniversary Open House from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15. The event, which is free and open to the community, will include a chicken barbecue and dessert, an art exhibit of the residents’ creations, a car show, the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event, music and other entertainment that includes a juggler.

“We’ll be set up in the front parking lot (of the Ecumenical Home) this year,” Carpenter said. “We’re shifting from where we’ve done (celebrations) in the back in the past up to the front.”

Carpenter said the car show will be held in the Floyd C. Fretz Middle School parking lot, while parking for the community will take place in the parking lot of St. Francis Church and on property across from the church.

“We’re going to set up shuttles for anybody who cannot walk that distance to here,” Carpenter added. “We’re really excited and we’ve already been planning for months.”

Carpenter said the organization is providing the event as a way to show the community what is offered at the campus.

“We’re not just a skilled nursing facility, we are a continuing retirement community,” she explained. “It’s a nice way to mingle with our residents and families, as well, in a more relaxed environment.”

Carpenter said the anniversary celebration is just one of many events held throughout the summer and year. Last week, Chapel Ridge hosted its Health and Wellness Fair, as well as participated in the Four-County Senior Games at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

At Chapel Ridge, Becky Greenberg, director of activities, said the residents have been busy participating in the Kick Off to Summer event this week, and are looking forward to the anniversary celebration.

“We’re gearing up and anxious to celebrate with the community,” Greenberg said of the anniversary event.

Linda Cooper, a resident of Chapel Ridge, said she appreciates all of the activities hosted at the facility as well as at the Ecumenical Home.

“It gives us something to do and we see a lot of different people,” Cooper said with a smile.

The Ecumenical Home first opened its skilled nursing facility in 1989 at 100 St. Francis Drive. In the three decades since then, the campus has added Chapel Ridge, the Our House memory care unit and Creekside Suites.

For more information on the anniversary event, call the Ecumenical Home at 368-5648.

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